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Ruby1523, April 18,  2020  9:12pm EST

Not new to aFib but don't know a lot about it

Long title but that's the truth.  I was diagnosed with aFib two years ago and haven't had a lot of problems with it.  But in July 2019 I had a small stroke.  Almost a complete recovery.  My main issue right now is with my balance and dizziness.  No idea if this is left over from the stroke or due to aFib.  I have tripped and fallen three times in the past 6 weeks.  I can't really tell when I'm in aFib or not except sometimes my heart rate goes high.  Anyone else have issues like this?

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    Thumper2, April 19,  2020  8:19am EST

    Ruby1523, welcome to this site!  I can offer the following advice.  Are you seeing an electrophysiologist for your AFib?  An EP specializes in AFib and is probably more up-to-date on it than a cardiologist.   Simply because you are not having  a lot of "problems" with AFib does not mean that problems are not there.  When I first got AFib, the tachycardia was managed with drugs, and I didn't notice any other problems.  But in the meantime, my heart was quietly remodeling itself in negative ways, and by the time I got from a cardiologist to an EP, a lot of damage had been done.

    When you have AFib, you really should be taking a blood-thinner (such as Coumadin, Eloquis, Xarelto..),  to prevent strokes.   As many here have noted, one does not die from AFib but from the strokes it can cause.   I hope  you are already on a blood-thinner (I tolerate Coumadin -- the most affordable!--very well).  As for your balance and dizziness, you should consult your EP.  Also, I find that trying to keep in shape (modest exercise) generally helps with those kinds of things.   Please let us know how you are coming along!

    Thumper2 (Judy)

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